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Shipwreck off Libya claimed 400 migrants, survivors say

Apr 15, 2015

Shipwreck off Libya claimed 400 migrants, survivors say

About 400 migrants died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya when their boat capsized, survivors said on Tuesday, the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean where the death toll from shipwrecks has surged this year. The boat, carrying about 550 migrants in total, ...

U.S. accuses Russia of training separatists inside Ukraine

Apr 15, 2015

U.S. accuses Russia of training separatists inside Ukraine

Russian forces still are operating inside Ukraine and have set up training camps for pro-Moscow separatists, despite a cease-fire agreement backed by the Kremlin, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “There is no question that the Russians continue to operate inside of Ukrainian territory,” spokesman Col. ...

Apr 15, 2015

Sierra Leone schools reopen as Ebola scare subsides

Sierra Leone’s 1.8 million children prepared Tuesday to return to school, eight months after classes were shut to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Classrooms have been empty since the government announced a state of emergency last July in response to an ...

Firm makes waves with record surfboard bid

Apr 14, 2015

Firm makes waves with record surfboard bid

A Rhode Island engineering technology and manufacturing company has set out to build the world’s largest surfboard. WPRO-AM reports that Bristol-based mouldCAM is building the board for the Visit Huntington Beach campaign in California, which hopes to break the world record for the most ...

Apr 14, 2015

Right group's report says Syria may have used toxic chemicals in attacks

An international human rights group says evidence “strongly suggests” that Syrian government forces used toxic chemicals in several “barrel bomb” attacks in northwestern Syria last month. Human Rights Watch quoted rescue workers as saying the attacks in Idlib province from March 16 to March ...

Apr 14, 2015

Iran to appoint first female ambassador since Islamic Revolution: reports

Iran will appoint its first female ambassador abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the semi-official Fars and Mehr news agencies said late on Monday, citing unspecified reports. The post would go to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, one of Iran’s most high-profile female ...

Apr 14, 2015

Turkey deports 9 young Britons who tried to enter Syria

Turkey on Tuesday deported nine Britons, including the son of a local councillor, two weeks after arresting them for attempting to cross into Syria to join jihadists, the official news agency said. The nine were taken by minibus from custody cells in the Hatay ...